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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 68

    AN EARLY LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED AMARANTH AND PARQUETRY COMMODE A ENCOIGNURES

    BY JACQUES-PHILIPPE CAREL, CIRCA 1730

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    AN EARLY LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED AMARANTH AND PARQUETRY COMMODE A ENCOIGNURES
    BY JACQUES-PHILIPPE CAREL, CIRCA 1730
    The rouge de maine marble top with arc-en-arbalète moulded edge above three short and drawers a long drawer, between keeled angles headed by bold foliate mounts, flanked to either side by a shaped door centred with a sunflower rosette, enclosing a bois satiné-veneered interior with one shelf, on splayed legs with foliate sabots, stamped once 'CAREL'
    33 ½ in. (85 cm.) high; 67 ½ in. (171.5 cm.) wide; 27 ½ in. (70 cm.) deep


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    This celebrated and published commode was executed by Jacques-Philppe Carel (1688-1755) who learned his craft in both Paris and Grenoble, where he worked as a companion with the Hache brothers. In 1720 he returned to Paris where he became maître in 1723. Although relatively little is known of his oeuvre, Carel is recorded to have collaborated with Gaudreaus father and son, who delivered furniture to the royal court at Versailles from 1726. The volume of orders from the many Royal palaces and residences was so vast that they depended on cooperating ébénistes, such as M. and A. Criaerd and F. Mondon. His most important commissions include a secretaire en pente for Madame de Pompadour and another for Mesdames Louise et Sophie at Versailles.

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    Provenance

    With François Léage, Paris, January 1991.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Geneva Penthouse


    Literature

    A. Pradère, Les Ébenistes Français du Louis XIV à la Revlution, 1989, p. 141, fig. 109.
    Kjellberg, Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 1988, p. 150.
    J.W. Nyffeler, Nyffeler Architecte d’Intérieur – Décorateur, Geneva 2006, pp. 227 and 233.